This Mother’s Day might look a little different for some of us, but our Mother’s Day Guide is here to help you out.
If you’re self-isolating away from home, Mother’s Day lunch or dinner might be replaced by a video call. Gift-giving might be a little different too, but just because we have to get creative this year, doesn’t mean any of us are short on options.
While we have to wait a little longer to give mum the gift of live entertainment, we have put together a handy little Mother’s Day guide with ideas that every Mum will love.
Here’s to an unforgettable Mother’s Day.
Bake her something
Is there a bigger isolation trend at the moment than baking? If you take a quick swipe through Instagram, we wouldn’t think so. From bread to cakes and everything in between, now is the perfect time to sharpen up your culinary skills. And what better reason than Mother’s Day? Banana bread, sourdough, and chocolate cake recipes have all been trending Google searches worldwide, but you can get as wild and creative as you like. If you need some #inspo, now is also the perfect time to dive into Bon Appetit Kitchen’s Baking School because Claire Saffitz is an actual angel or head to Vue Du Monde’s website for free cooking classes with Executive Chef Hugh Allen. Not only is following a step-by-step recipe a great way to relieve stress, but you’ll also end up with something delicious and heartfelt to leave on your mum’s doorstep. So crank up the oven and get baking.
Get crafty and DIY it
Remember the days when the perfect Mother’s Day gift was a multi-coloured dry pasta artwork or some fruitloops on a piece of string? What a time. Well this year we are throwing back to that, but also levelling it up because 1) Mum definitely didn’t want to keep any of those presents and 2) we need to save all the pasta we can get in lockdown. That’s where the arts and crafts fun begins. Here, the world really is your oyster. Whether you want to gift something handmade or start your mum on a new hobby, there are plenty of at-home options. From at-home ceramics kits that will also have you (or Mum) on the way to pottery glory, to a huge array of DIY-painting kits online, or craft stores (like Spotlight) have kits on everything from embroidery to paper crafts and even terrarium building. Plus, we’re certain you’ve got a lot of what you need already lying around the house, just waiting to be transformed. There is something truly special about a gift that is handmade, especially right now.
Host a (virtual) dinner party and order a meal from her favourite restaurant
Just because we can’t go out to our favourite restaurants, doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy everything they have to offer – especially because so many of them are offering incredible pick-up and delivery menus. We might not be able to take mum out for a Mother’s Day feast this year, but she doesn’t have to miss out either. Contact her favourite local restaurant and have a meal delivered to her house, and do the same for your dinner. Ordering directly from the restaurant’s you love is one of the easiest ways to support your local. Once dinner arrives, fire up Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or your favourite video calling app and enjoy dinner and a drink with the family.
Give her an experience she can enjoy from home
Has Mum always wanted to learn a new skill or maybe get back into something she used to love? Right now is a great time to dive into online learning. There are an incredible array of ways to upskill online, and encouraging your Mum’s passion is a great way of showing how much you listen to and care about her. If you’ve spent as much time online as we have in the last month, then you’ve definitely heard about Masterclass– the website promising lessons from “the world’s greatest”. We’re talking filmmaking with Jodie Foster, singing with Christina Aguilera, cooking with Gordon Ramsay, fashion design with Marc Jacobs, and photography with Annie Leibovitz. Melbourne’s Tipico have also locked in a series of online cooking classes, including pizza, tiramisu, and gnocchi making, and there are incredible websites like Skillshare that offer classes on everything from art to productivity to entrepreneurship.
Grab some popcorn and enjoy her favourite film together (kind of)
For those of us who enjoy a good binge-watching session with our loved ones, we are obsessed with Netflix Party. Thanks to the new Google Chrome browser extension, you, your mum, and all your siblings can watch your favourite movie or TV series together, even from separate homes. Everyone’s streams will be synchronised so you don’t need to worry about spoilers, and there is even a cute group chat function so you can stay in touch – and your chatty brother can still get his running commentary in. Pop some popcorn in the microwave, crack open a box of chocolates – now the only decision is what to watch?!
Give her a treat she can save for later
We mightn’t be able to take mum out now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan for the future. With a stack of events locked in for the latter part of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, why not make plans to share a special night out with her when we can? Head over to Ticketmaster’s website to browse through a range of great events across music, sport, and theatre currently on sale. Or, if you’d like to leave the choice up to Mum, you can grab her a Ticketmaster Gift Card that she can use to plan her own night out in the future. If you’re keen, you can also add in a voucher from your favourite local restaurant, bar, or venue (many are currently offering the service) to make the night extra special.
No matter where you are, or where Mum is this year, we can still make it a special one. Whether your present is bought, made, or you simply spend the day talking on the phone, we wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day.